Travel News

Spice up your love life in DC with Dr. Ruth, head north of the Mason-Dixon Line to try your luck, and don’t try your luck if you plan on heading north of the border for the Olympics.

By: Eliot Stein

This morning, noted psychosexual therapist and television personality Dr. Ruth Westheimer joined DC Councilman Kwame Brown and representatives of Destination DC to announce a new month-long “28-Day Stimulus Plan for Love and Relationships.” Designed to rev up the hospitality business by highlighting the romantic and sensual side of the District, the month-long special kicks off on February 1 with a variety of hotel packages. Those looking to jump-start their love lives early can log on to the promotion’s official Web site to “Create a Date,” as well as find the 28 most romantic date spots and more than 50 “Date Night Deals.”

Looking to add some color to your January complexion besides windburn? Today is your last chance to escape Washington’s blustery winter and fly to more inviting temperatures with AirTran’s Nationwide Fare Sale through Travelocity. Take off on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday and you can book a round-trip ticket from Washington to Aruba for $169; Cancun for $99; Ft. Lauderdale for $74; Key West for $149; Miami for $74; Montego Bay, Jamaica, for $129; Nassau, Bahamas, for $99; Orlando for $59; San Juan, Puerto Rico, for $98; and West Palm Beach for $71. For a full list of fares, taxes, and restrictions, click here.

Nemacolin Woodlands, a four-diamond luxury resort in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Mountains, filed an application for a casino license yesterday. If accepted by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the proposed Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin—a three-hour drive from downtown DC—would offer live entertainment, up to 600 slot machines, and up to 50 table games including poker, blackjack, roulette, and dice.

Starting on March 1, JetBlue will expand its new non-stop service between Baltimore Washington International Airport and Boston’s Logan Airport to five daily flights. The New England-based carrier launched the route in September, to complement its existing flights between Logan and Washington Dulles International Airport. The 90-minute daily flights are scheduled to depart BWI daily at 6:44 am, 8:40 am, 1:15 pm, 5:45 pm, and 8:50 pm.

Americans heading north of the border for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver could face an unwelcome surprise at the border if they don’t familiarize themselves with Canadian law prior to leaving. Since driving under the influence of alcohol convictions are criminal offenses in Canada, US citizens and legal residents who have been convicted of a DUI in the past decade—even those that were plea-bargained to a lesser charge—will be forbidden entry into the country.